Don’t Forget The Basher

Aug 02, 2011 4 Comments by

I love RC racing, but it simply isn’t for everyone. Competitive rock crawling is the same. Not everyone is going to be attracted to higher level competition and the commitment it takes to really perform at a satisfactory level at either a race or a rock crawling event. That’s why I wish more hobby shops would focus on the basher. I say create some events just for them. Put an obstacle course together. It can be elaborate or simple. You can make a pretty awesome course to run with some scale trucks just using landscaping materials found at the hardware or garden center. Have a wheelie competition. Have side-by-side monster truck races for all the guys who bought Traxxas Monster Jam trucks. Outlaw Hobby even makes Lexan crushed cars. Make an off-road course that is more of a trail run with a mix of terrain and obstacles. I could go on and on, but my point is give the basher guy a reason to come back to the hobby store.

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About Matt:I think it’s safe to say I’ve done a little bit of everything in RC. That said, I predominately race off-road and my current passion is short course. One of my all-time favorite classes is oval carpet racing. Besides racing, I can often be found working on one of my many never-complete projects, and it seems I have an ever growing collection of rock crawlers—specifically scale crawlers. Matt’s 5 Hot Topics: Short course, Racing, Scale Builds, Crawling and the General RC Hobby

4 Responses to “Don’t Forget The Basher”

  1. Christopher Oswald says:

    I couldn’t agree more. After racing for years, both on and off. I still appreciate the basher. I helped lots of what I call here “Backyard runners” when I was at the LHS. I myself love the track and scale crawling applications, but still don’t mind the lazy Sunday’s when all I have around my yard is lawn obstetricals and my mini pylons on the street and maybe practice some Solomon driving. You got Matthew, the basher’s count too.

  2. Tony R says:

    Add me to the list of people that agree with this. While racing is fun, it is not for everybody. To some it is just about thrashing an RC vehicle around a backyard or paddock and just having a ball! Personaly, I enjoy and look forward to the racing, but some of my favorite memories are of bashing. A Slash and a backyard covered in leaves had a half a dozen people laughing! (and even convinced a couple of serious racer friends to go out and buy their own SC Trucks!) I’d be willing to bet that there are more bashers than there are racers too .. Traxxas doesn’t make a lot of race vehicles, but they sell a lot of bashers .. :-)

  3. Tom Ross says:

    Absolutely! I’ve seen a few shops that have it right – they have things like heli pads around the store, crawling courses, and so on. I really like your suggestion for a scale obstacle course for trail rigs or monster truck events. Too many bashers have to go off on their own to find places to run, and that’s not how the hobby should be.

  4. tellbell17 says:

    I totally agree. I love racing, and look forward to going to the track every weekend. But I also keep a couple of bashers around for the days we can’t make or when I just get the rc bug.

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